Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

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Read in Norwegian.
Publisher: Gursli Berg
Original review in Norwegian: http://www.hvaleserdutrine.wordpress.com

UUUUUUUUGH what a range of emotions I went through with this book! I can’t grasp or  understand how Hoover made it through the writing process!

In “Maybe Someday” we meet Sydney, who become unwilling (and then so very willingly) audience to Ridge, who sits on the balcony across the courtyard and plays guitar. She is captivated, both by him and the music. It becomes a regular routine; she goes out on her balcony and “does schoolwork,” whereas she actually sits and listens to Ridge and makes up her own lyrics to the tunes.
Then the worst thinkable happens. Sydney discovers that her boyfriend has had a longtime affair with her best friend and roommate, and suddenly she is standing outside in the rain with all her belongings and nowhere to stay. Ridge, which by then has been communicating with her via text messages, takes pity on her and allows her to stay with him and his roommates Warren and Bridgette. There’s quickly no doubt that the two are attracted to each other, but Sydney soon realizes that Ridge has not told her the whole truth about himself.
A “push and pull” game begins and no matter how hard they try to fight it, they need each other in more ways than one.

I’m a sucker for a good, classic love story, often with all the beautiful cliches and the well-known characters. But what I get from Colleen Hoover has all that – but also so much more!
Already on page 62 I received the first jaw drop. I did NOT see that one coming at all and that’s exactly what’s so wonderful about Hoover! She writes the classic love stories, but she weaves in twists and elements of surprise that makes the stories interesting! There were several such moments through the whole story and on top of that I was almost constantly on an emotional roller coaster. I was angry, sad, frustrated, hurt, angry, sad, remorseful, sorry, hurt, sad, happy, very happy. Roughly in that order. It has so many ups and downs that one almost fails to keep pace, but it does not seem strained or excessive. Hoover writes very beautifully and luckily this got very well handled in the translation! Hooray for Dorthe Erichsen, Hilde Lyng and Lisa Vasterås (MNO) !! It pleases me greatly to see that there are skilled translators out there, sadly there are many who are not. These three have managed to find the flow of the language without losing too much of the… well, language. 😀

The cherry on top here is the soundtrack that follows with it. Yep! Music to reading! Ridge is after all a musician and he writes music, and Hoover has collaborated with musician Griffin Peterson who has written an entire soundtrack to the book! During the book you come across lyrics and you listen to the song mentioned. It is done via an app or http://www.maybesomedaysoundtrack.com This book provides a second layer. A second dimension if you will. There’s so much beautiful music there! It really sets the mood for what happens in the book and everything is connected. 😉

Dear beautiful beings, enjoy this book if you like a good love story and some extra heart sorrow. This is amongst my favorites now! The same was “Ugly Love”, so it seems that I really like Colleen Hoover. She knows her stuff!
READ! ❤

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